Public Sector Labor Relations: New Jersey
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: John Sarno, Employers Association of New Jersey
- New Jersey has the fifth-highest percentage of government sector union members. See Public Sector Employees.
- Almost all public employees can be organized and therefore are eligible for union membership, including supervisors. See Public Sector Employees.
- Public sector employees, such as state and municipal employees, are covered under the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act. See Public Sector Employees.
- In New Jersey, a union must be recognized by a public employer if a majority of employees within the bargaining unit sign an authorization card. See New Jersey Card-Check Law.
- The Public Employment Relations Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over the adjudication of unfair labor practices, collective bargaining disputes, mediation and arbitration. See The Public Employment Relations Commission.
- Public fire and police departments are subject to compulsory binding arbitration with a limited right to appeal. See Compulsory Binding Arbitration-Police and Fire Departments.
- Private and public sector employees do not have the same rights to strike in New Jersey. See No Right to Strike.